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Environment and Resource Economics Workshop – Winter 2021

Joint with : the economics departments of the universities of MontréalQuébec at MontréalMcGill and HEC Montréal

Organizers : Hassan Benchekroun (McGill U.), Sophie Bernard (Polytechnique Montréal), Robert Cairns (McGill U.), Justin Leroux (HEC Montréal), Ngo Van Long (McGill U.), Martino Pelli (U. de Sherbrooke) and Charles Séguin (UQAM)

Time : 10:00 – 13:00

Virtual Workshop : Please contact sophie.bernard@polymtl.ca or justin.leroux@hec.ca if you would like access.


(For a complete list of workshops, please click here.)


15 January 2021

Miao Dai (McGill University)
On the Profitability of Cross-Ownership in Cournot Oligopolies : Stock Sizes Matter

Étienne Billette de Villemeur (Université de Lille)
Bio-energy in an Unequal World : Preliminary Thoughts 


12 February 2021

Francois Castonguay (UC Davis)
Spatial Allocation of Scarce Vaccine and Antivirals for COVID-19


26 February 2021

Full-Day Workshop – Circular Economy, Resources and Geopolitics (pdf)
(in collaboration with CIRANO)


Mineral resources are essential to the energy transition (and other transitions, like the digital or even the circular transitions). We recognize the role of recycling (and eventually other circular strategies) to optimize resource use. One question is: what is the role of circular economy in the transitions and the management of critical raw materials (CRM)? Several states (EU, USA, China, Quebec, etc.) have strategic plans for the management of critical resources. They all explicitly mention “circular economy” or at least “recycling”. The initial allocation of resources is key in the growth potential of nations. Nonetheless, a country with little endowments in CRM may specialize in the management and recycling of strategic (end-of-life) products or materials and reduce its dependency to CRM or secure CRM availability. Another question is: what is the impact of circular economy in the geopolitics of resources?


9h00 to 10h15
Critical raw materials for the energy transition
Aude Pommeret, Francesco Ricci and Katheline Schubert
Speaker : Aude Pommeret, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
10h15 to 10h30   15-minute coffee break
10h30 to 11h15
The geopolitics of metals and metalloids used for the renewable energy transition
André Månberger and Bengt Johansson
Speaker : André Månberger, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University
11h15 to 11h25  10-minute coffee break
11h25 to 12h10
Cooperating on new sustainable visions with old global politics? Insights from China-EU circular economy discourse
Paper #1: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/s8v7e/; Paper #2: https://osf.io/download/5faa445c91419d019866d9b6/
Anran Luo, Mehwish Zuberi, Jiayu Liu, Miranda Perrone, Simone Schnepf and Sina Leipold
Speaker : Anran Luo, Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
12h10 to 12h30  20-minute lunch break (prepare your lunch and come eat with us !)
12h30 to 13h15
Quebec plan for the development of critical and strategic minerals 2020-2025
Speakers : Claude Barnard and Patrice Roy, Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles


12 March 2021

Étienne Billette de Villemeur (Université de Lille)
Climate Risks through a Markov Lens

Martino Pelli (Université de Sherbrooke)
Wildfires, Smoky Days, and Labor Supply (with Ron Chan et Veronica Vienne)


26 March 2021 : exceptionally from 11:30 to 13:00

Cees Withagen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Felix Munoz-Garcia (Washington State University)
Environmental Policy Helping Antitrust Decisions


9 April 2021 : exceptionally from 11:30 to 13:00

Ana Fabiola Espinola-Arredondo (Washington State University)
Fungicide Resistance and Misinformation : A Game Theoretic Approach

Gerard van der Meijden (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


16 April 2021

Emel Pokam (Université de Montréal)
The Strategic Effects of a Bilateral Border Tax Adjustment in an Emissions Taxation Game


23 April 2021 : exceptionally from 9:00 to 12:45

Geir Asheim (University of Oslo), 9:00 to 10:15
Investment Rules and Time Invariance under Population Growth

John Hartwick (Queen’s University), 10:30 to 11:15
Solow Sustainability with Varying Population Levels

Stephen Salant (University of Michigan), 11:30 to 12:45
Economic Sacrifice Pending the Stochastic Arrival of Vaccines and Treatment (with E. Drabo, N. Heydaribeni and M. Murray)




Upcoming Events

2 October 2023, 15:00-19:00 (Studio-Cabaret de l'Espace St-Denis)